John Stryker was a photographer renown for his work with bulls and rodeos. John Stryker was born in Rockford, Illinois in the year 1883.
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Stryker was renown for his ant’s eye view of bulls and rodeo life. The artist achieved this by attaching cameras to his boots. This made the bulls appear even larger.
In addition to painting Stryker worked many other jobs dealing with the rodeo such as promoter, producer, and rider. The artist even created the chute that the animals come out of.
Stryker worked as a rodeo photographer in the 1920’s and 1930’s in Montana and Wyoming before relocating to Fort Worth, Texas in the 1940’s.
John Stryker passed away in 1974.
In this clip from the Antiques Roadshow we view an appraisal of two photographs:
John Stryker was a very innovative photographer. His idea to attach a camera to boots seems nearly 100 years ahead of his time. We now have gopro’s and other devices that can easily attach to a person so we now take this idea for granted, but this was a ground breaking idea at the time!